Pilates Instructor Training Certification with Suna Pilates in Auckland

Why choose Suna Pilates for Instructor Training?

Suna is nearly 20 years old and we are still going strong!  Suna has trained hundreds of trainers in this time, both for this studio and as independent trainers.

Our main goal is to help people to feel better, look better and to be better – helping thousands and thousands of clients over these years is our purpose for being in business and in training others to do the same.

Pilates for us is one of the tools which helps Suna deliver to this goal and we believe it’s the best and most natural exercise that there is. Pilates helps us to re-instate correct posture in our clients, allowing them to improve and optimise their fitness, their form and their function … to build stronger, more vibrant, energised and balanced bodies, to feel incredible, look fantastic, and live well longer and stronger. With a focus on mind-body connection, Suna is designed to be a highly effective mindful exercise, so your clients leave sessions feeling refreshed and energised, not exhausted. Our objective is for them to work their bodies and free the mind! Find out more.


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Why Suna Pilates offers Pilates Instructor Training Courses

Co-owner and Master Trainer Susie Cleland, originally trained through Stott Pilates over 20 years ago and she has been all around the world doing other training courses. When opening her own business in NZ, Susie was frustrated with the lack of quality trainers and training courses for Pilates. So with years of experience and much research, Susie devised what we believe is one of the most extensive training courses in the world – which all of our Suna trainers graduate from before they can work here.

Our reputation for training formidable Suna staff saw us develop our internal training plan for independent trainers who either wanted to run their own pilates classes in other locations or who wanted to incorporate the knowledge into what they were currently doing.  We have had chiropractors, physiotherapists, personal trainers, yoga instructors, mum’s who want to be self-employed, doctors, clients who want to understand our classes even more, to name a few.  There are no restrictions on who can take our classes as we want to spread the Suna love of helping people as far as we possibly can.

It’s important to note that we prefer Trainers to come to Suna without Pilates experience as we want to train them Suna style from the outset.  We know we have the best teaching methods and a proven track record, hence why we encourage you to take us up on the free week at Suna prior to the course.

We’ve taken our full training course and modalised it so that we can offer independent trainers exactly the training course they want, with as few pre-requisites and requirements as is practical and possible.

Previously we have trained under our parent company name – New Zealand Pilates Studio Ltd but increasingly, as the Suna brand and reputation has grown we are being asked to train people under the Suna brand name because:

  • Trainers are wanting to say they are Suna Pilates accredited and leverage the brand
  • They are wanting to advertise that they do Suna Pilates courses to differentiate them from ‘traditional Pilates’
  • They want ongoing training and support

So this is what we are doing! Ongoing training and association is a part of our business we are currently developing. We are keen to build a community of like-minded people who all have a focus of showing others the way to be better and live better. We learn then we teach and teaching and sharing is our gift – we believe it’s what we contribute to the world.  Our clients get results and value them hugely and we set them in motion to get the results.

Suna Pilates Instructor Course Methodology

You should be aware that if you are interested in one of our courses you won’t be signing up for a normal theory based Pilates course with lots of book work and theory as devised by Joseph 100 years ago!

Our Pilates classes are different and our courses are different in a number of ways:

  • Our courses are taught by our Master Trainers who currently train our Suna Staff. They are highly experienced Instructor Trainers who work every week with clients, taking group classes and individual clients (not instructors who just teach courses and are removed from classes and clients). We believe it is hands on, every day experience that keeps you up to speed on clients' needs and wants so with over 30 hours training per week, what better way to do this. 
  • Our courses are very practical with lots of time to put theory into practice.
  • Our courses have an emphasis on ensuring that you come through the course feeling motivated, confident and fully equipped to take classes from day one – we focus on ensuring you leave our course able to deliver a class that challenges people of all abilities and fitness levels safely.
  • Our courses teach you how to build different workouts for all levels that keep your classes interesting so clients will keep coming and realise they have found change that they are looking for – we’ve even got sets of session sheets that you can purchase to take the hard work out of getting started.

So, there is a lot of learning but a lot of practice as well. We believe there’s no point in ‘studying’ and learning theory if you can’t do anything with it afterwards.

Suna offer these Pilates Trainer Courses 

We offer group courses as well as private individual courses depending on your needs.

  • Suna Mat Basics 1
  • Suna Mat Basics 2
  • Small apparatus course
  • Reformer course level 1 incorporating parts of level 2
  • Rehab
  • Postural analysis

 Our Pilates Instructor Trainers

Susie Cleland

Master Trainer, Kinesiologist & Nutritionist

Susie is the Co-owner and Master Trainer at Suna Pilates, which she created in 2000. 

Libby Jeyes

Suna Pilates Head Trainer & Kinesiologist

Our Head Trainer and a trained Kinesiologist, Libby has been at Suna Pilates since 2006. 


Gain an internationally recognised Pilates Instructor Qualification

There is no ‘world-wide’ accreditation ‘authority’ for Pilates, but our certification is widely recognised and our trainers are teaching all around the world.  You should know that with Pilates, experience and skill is more important than a piece of paper to deliver classes and to do them to a level that challenges people of all abilities and fitness levels safely. If you are thinking about doing a Pilates Instructor course with us in order to work overseas, our experience has been that Suna trainers only need to demonstrate what they can do to prospective employers to be offered a job.

Testimonials from our Pilates Instructor Course Graduates

"I’m English but lived in NZ for three years and trained with Suna Pilates to be a Pilates Instructor. When I went back to England to go to Medical School I easily got a part time job at the David Lloyd Fitness Centre – they asked me to take a class for them as a trial to see what I could do and as soon as I’d finished the class they offered me a job." - Luke Anwar, England


"I worked at Suna In New Zealand for four years before going home to Canada. The training I received was fantastic – I was offered a number of jobs at boutique studios when I returned home and now I’m looking at setting up my own Pilates Studio. I’ve looked into additional Pilates courses since I got home and none of them are of the standard of training I received at Suna. I’ve been teaching in Canada for the last 9 years, and I’m in great demand as a trainer." - Lauren Olsen, Canada


"I worked at Suna in Auckland and then I moved to Queenstown and after doing a demo of one class with 3 people in it I got offered a job immediately." - Ana Tonkin, Queenstown


"I trained to be a Pilates Instructor at Suna firstly for my own development but secondly so I could supplement my income while auditioning for acting work in LA. The fitness world in LA is very competitive but I had no problems getting work. My training at Suna was awesome and I know that no matter where I go in the world I’ll always be able to get jobs teaching pilates if I need to." - Claire Chitham, Actress


"Being a Triathlon Coach I am always looking for ways to improve my athletes performance and one of the key area's most of them need to work on is core strength, flexibility and functional movements. Being a Suna member for many years and knowing the principles of Pilates, I jumped at the opportunity to attend the Mat Basics course. The three day course over exceeded my expectations, I came away from the course with confidence to be able to take this information and use it with my clients. The course is a starting point for anyone wanting to learn about the body and how we can make people's lives more enriched by moving more freely, being injury/pain free, becoming strong not just in the body but the mind as well. Libby's way of teaching was simple and easy to understand, I never felt out of my depth and would highly recommend anyone to jump onto the next course."  - Sue, Auckland


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